Jon Stewart did what he had to do because he knew that he had the celebrity to force congress’ hand. How sick are our institutions, if we must be dependent on comedians to have to shame our lawmakers into doing the right thing? Money is the corrupting factor in our supposed democracy, our first responders, not having the luxury of an army of lobbyists, were at the mercy of the whims of the marketplace and congress re-election prospects and agenda. It is demoralizing to see legislators all ready and willing for the photo-op, but when it came to the nuts and bolts of real action, the type of action that would permanently help these first responders and their families in meaningful ways, there was no one home. Congress’ self-professed commitment to the memory of those victims of 9/11 is nothing but political cover to serve their own political needs. Moreover, the sad fact that our veterans are in such economic distress without congress doing anything to help them drives me mad with frustration. The Republican Party is focused on sending troops into harm’s way, but when they come back broken and in need of financial, psychological and medical aid, congress dims the lights and pretends no one is home. It is atrocious, however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we have Bernie Sanders running for President, we know where he stands and it is for the first responders, our troops currently serving and our veterans at home. Basically Bernie Sanders is the man of the people and for the people. #Bernie2016!
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